The super PAC formed to re-elect state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby has spent more than half a million dollars on TV advertising, a scan of North Carolina TV station reports filed with the Federal Communications Commission shows.
The N.C. Judicial Coalition, created by prominent conservatives including Tom Fetzer and Bob Luddy, has been ramping up its air time in recent days.
So far, little is known about the source of that money, which is perfectly legal because it has reported its contributions and disbursements through the end of September, as required, and won't have to report again until later in the year.
Its most recent financial report, filed with the IRS, shows a mere $31,100 collected -- $25,000 of that from businessman/private schools entrepreneur Luddy. Raleigh businessman and author Garland S. Tucker III has chipped in $5,000.
Newby is running against state appeals court Judge Sam "Jimmy" Ervin IV.
But the super PAC has been steadily buying commercials across the state, including dropping $80,000 at WBTV in Charlotte on Tuesday. At last check, the Judicial Coalition has spent close to $600,000, and counting.